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    Hello ,
    I am trying to find where and when W/O Geoffrey Patrick Hickman RAFVR 748272 was born. I think it was in the Richmond, Surrey area.
    He enlisted in the VR in May 1937 and then onto 1 EFTS at Hatfield. I cannot find were he did his SFTS and OTU training. He served with 609, 152 and 92 sqn.
    Could anyone help please.
    Roy

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    Roy, Hi,

    Can’t find a Geoffrey P Hickman Reg in E&W 1910-1925.
    I have a Geoffrey Patrick Hickman birth Reg Calcutta 1920 (British India Office births & baptisms).
    748272 is in Block 740000-759999 RAFVR Pilots allocated beginning Jan 1937.
    Also have a Geoffrey Hickman (Student aged 16) b.1920 leaving London for Bombay aboard the P&O SS Narkunda on 28 Jul 1936.
    (Might be same bloke? Dates fit a bit tight?)

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    Peter Davies
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    Hello Peter,
    Your information about India is absolutely correct, the family have confirmed a grandfather come from the sub-continent.
    Many thanks.
    Roy

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    Hello Roy,

    No PoW questionnaire for him in the WO 344 series at Kew. Only a page, where his PoW questionnaire should be, with a mention from Aus 407822 A.McG. Currie, 12 Squadron, "in brutality ???????", can't decipher the last word. His PoW number was 9685, Warsaw.

    very few mentions (I found only 2) in the form 540 of No. 609 Squadron ORB, both in 1941 :
    March 3rd. With good weather, A and B Flights took turns maintaining a standing patrol over Maidstone before lunch. In the afternoon Red Section, Scrambled Westwards, sighted smoke trails near the coast. It had hardly returned when the whole Squadron was Scrambled (from 'available'). The CO had flown to Northolt, and F/Lt Forshaw, who had just returned from Warmwell, suddenly had to take the lead without time even to don his flying boots. After pursuing Hurricanes 11 of 605 Squadron with whom 609 was supposed to rendezvous at 33,000 feet, and being unable surprisingly to keep up with them, the Squadron returned to base, F/Lt Forshaw very cold. It was also an adventurous day for P/O Atkinson and Sgt Hickman. The former first ran out of petrol, and his unrehearsed landing ended neatly, 2 inches from a brick wall; then in the afternoon his oxygen failed. The latter, with various troubles, landed at Hawkinge. He returned two days later, after landing meanwhile on barbed wire at Lympne and being entertained by a Squadron leader.
    Sept. 20 Weather clearing in afternoon produces Circus 100B, one of 3 Circuses taking place concurrently according to new plan. For the first time Biggin acts as Close Escort Wing - to 6 Hampden's raiding Abbeville Marshalling Yard. Only 3 109’s are seen by 609, but 92 are engaged and lose Sgt Hickman, formerly of this Squadron. He is taken prisoner. Abbeville reported as very flattened out.

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    Joss,

    Nothing unusual finding mention of AUS407822 W/O Alister McGregor CURRIE OBE(M) RAAF, in 344-Lamsdorf files. He became Camp Leader from August 1943 to January 1945. In his position he was responsible for correspondence, dealings and negotiations, liaison between Army and Air Force members and Staff Administration. He was instrumental in standing up to the Germans for better treatment for prisoners during the 'Long March'.

    See: Wingless/Roberts/153.

    Col.
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    Hi Col and Joss,
    This is a tragic story and because FL Keith B Chishlom RAAF recorded what he witnesses and sent his findings to MI/9. Whether the murders were brought to book I know not. Keith escaped from E352 Work Camp at Gleiwitz with Geoff Hickman and 2 others. They made there way to Warsaw via Krackow. They met up with Several Poles and 2 Polish Girls. While in hiding Geoff married on of these girls Julia. Eventually Geoff and Julia were captured by the Gestapo. Geoff held out for 10 day at the Gestapo HQ without divulging who had helped them. For this outstanding bravery he was later MID. All of this information was handed over by Keith Chisholm who made a home run.
    Thanks Joss for the flights of Keith on 609 sqn.
    Thanks Roy

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